Sunday, 2 July 2017

Book Review: Monsters Exist (Deadman's Tome Anthology)

Title: Monsters Exist
Author: Various
Publisher: Deadman's Tome
Publication Date: July 2017
Pages: 148
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Horror
Source: ARC from Editor

From the time we are young, we fear the monster under the bed or in the closet, making it impossible to sleep without a nightlight. Then, we hear stories of Bigfoot, and maybe even the Mothman around campfires. When we are adults, we wonder if there might actually be supernatural creatures lurking in the shadows. Are these tall tales and urban legends only metaphors for what horrific things humanity is capable of—or do monsters exist?

Go to some terrifying places with this cast of authors. You will be dragged into mystifying realities where demonic fairies hide, where devil monkeys lure carnival-goers to their demise, where Goatmen seek to destroy their prey, and where the goddess of death puts out a hit on victims of her choice. These shocking tales will have you biting your nails and locating that childhood nightlight. Because, in the end, we all know monsters do exist.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

As always when rating anthologies, you have to try to find a happy medium, which is why I'm giving Monsters Exist four stars. There were a few stories that, on their own, would have merited five stars, but then there were also a few others that didn't impress me so much, so I've taken a middle ground. I should say straight up that I am not much of a horror reader these days and if the theme hadn't grabbed me when the review request came through, I'd probably have declined. In the end, I'm glad I did accept as I found Monsters Exist to be an interesting collection with many different takes on the brief. None of the tales scared me to a huge extent; however, several were certainly creepy and stuck with me for a while after reading them. If this is a genre you like, I would definitely recommend giving the anthology a try--just keep your hands and feet well tucked in under the covers when you turn off the light!

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